Gandino is in the Valle Seriana in the Province of Bergamo 550 metres above sea level. It is an ancient centre where a wool industry was established in the 14th century and that contributed in a decisive way to the wealth of the village. Numerous aspects of it testify to the medieval system, with buildings and churches that were built in the 15th to the 17th centuries. Despite its tranquil position at the foot of the Orobic Prealps, Gandino is still at the centre of the principal roads of communication: it is just 20 kilometres from the A4 Milan-Venice motorway (take the Bergamo or Seriate turn-off, which are served by a new main road with its Montenegrone Tunnel), a few minutes from the Orio al Serio International Airport and a few kilometres from Bergamo and its Città Alta, Lake d’Iseo, Clusone, the ski stations of Mount Pora, Colere and Lizzola and the Selvino high plain.
A walk in the village centre is the moment in which to admire a succession of buildings, churches and towers, among them the 14th century Palazzo del Vicario, now the municipal building in Piazza Vittorio Veneto, with its traditional portico construction of the Lombardy court of justice, and the Salone della Valle. There are also many old manor houses in the area that once belonged to the wool manufacturers’ families, who made Gandino famous throughout Europe from the 15th to the 18th centuries. Not far away is the Baroque Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta, one of the major monuments of the Province of Bergamo. The San Mauro church is annexed to the Orsoline Convent and hosts a precious relic: the habit of S. Padre Pio da Pietrelcina, which is displayed in the Basilica each year on 23 September in memory of the saint, for popular veneration.
The cloths, the sacred drapes, the lace, the gold and silver that constitute the wealth of the Basilica, are kept in the nearby Museo di Arte Sacra, which is one of the most important of its kind in Europe. Two particular sections are devoted to textile art and nativity scenes. Each year, Gandino holds prestigious events such as high level concerts at the Basilica, recreation including the Gustar Gandino (Taste Gandino), a food and wine walk and the festivals of the hamlets Cirano, Barzizza and Mount Farno.
The village centre offers interesting home prospects of prestigious buildings to be restored and enhanced, while the peripheral zone has more modern accommodation in an especially pleasant panoramic environment.